Feb. 24, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Michigan State women's basketball team had its four-game winning streak snapped as it fell to Purdue, 69-59, Sunday afternoon at Mackey Arena. Four Boilermakers scored in double figures as they held the Spartans to 35 percent shooting from the field. MSU is now 17-12, and 9-8 in Big Ten play.
Poor shooting starts in each half were the keys to Michigan State's offensive woes. The Spartans went 3-of-17 from the floor in the first 13 minutes of the first half, and converted only one field goal in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
"Today's game was really frustrating, you have to give a lot of credit to Purdue," said MSU head coach Suzy Merchant. "They came out with a lot of energy offensively and defensively, and I think they were more focused. When you shoot 1-for-14 (to start the game) you're going to have a hard time. It wasn't like we were getting bad looks, but we just didn't have anything fall."
Mia Johnson scored 14 points, her second-highest total of the season, on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line.
The Boilermakers (15-13, 11-6) were led by FahKara Malone and Lakisha Freeman, who each scored 16 points.
Purdue dominated the boards, outrebounding the Spartans, 42-24. The 24 rebounds were a season low for MSU. Michigan State also dished out a season-low seven assists.
Purdue never trailed in the game and took a 33-25 lead into halftime. MSU had the lead cut to five points on two different occasions in the second half, but could not get any closer. After two Courtney Davidson free throws made it 36-31 at the 16:02 mark, Purdue put the game out of reach with a 14-1 run over the next four minutes to go up, 50-32. The Boilermakers led by double-digits the remainder of the game.
MSU closed the game on a 12-3 run to make the final 69-59 in favor of Purdue.
Michigan State closes out the regular season at home Thursday, Feb. 28 against Illinois at 7 p.m.